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Migraine Relief

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Migraine Relief

Nearly everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their life. Headaches are often short lived and easily managed. However, migraines, as opposed, to headaches, can last for more than four hours and are often chronic and debilitating. Symptoms may begin with a throbbing pain on one side of the head and typically include other symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting, difficulty speaking, numbness or tingling, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Diagnosis of migraine headaches is determined based on a clinical evaluation, symptoms, and, of course, by ruling out other conditions.  Initial treatment may include a combination of self- care remedies, lifestyle adjustments, over-the-counter medication, prescription migraine medications and alternative care such as meditation or acupuncture.

When self-care options fail to bring relief, Botox® is FDA-approved to help migraine sufferers.  However, its clinical use is only approved for chronic migraines, which means a headache on 15 or more days each month of which eight are migraine. When we inject a small amount of Botox® in the muscles of the face, head and neck, it can significantly reduce migraines and improve quality of life.

We are finding that treatment takes some time to work. It may take 6-9 months to see the maximum benefits from Botox®. Treatments are typically administered every three months and may involve different areas of the head, depending on results.

Most insurance companies require patients to try other treatments first. If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic migraines that are not responding to traditional therapies, Botox® injections may be the next treatment option. Talk to your primary care provider to determine if you may be eligible.  If you are considering injection therapy, it is important to find a professional who is trained to use Botox® for chronic migraine headaches rather than for cosmetic purposes. Physician experience matters.

Our Neuroscience and Rehab team is trained in using Botox® for pain relief. You can reach our office, Portneuf Neuroscience and Rehab, at 208-239-2722.

Austin C. Myers, MD is board eligible in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at East Carolina University / Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.

Physician Seminar: Weight Loss Goals

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Physician Seminar: Weight Loss Goals

Being overweight often leads to an array of health problems that impact both an individual’s quality of life, as well as their life expectancy. In fact, it is estimated that at any given time, two-thirds of American adults are on a diet to either lose weight or prevent weight gain. However, statistically only five percent of these dieters will be successful in keeping the weight off.

The reasons for failure are varied. Sustainable weight loss is extremely difficult to achieve and it can be especially challenging if one is going at it alone or test driving one of the latest fads or weight loss options. If you have tried to achieve significant weight loss and been unsuccessful, do not give up, your health is too important. Remember that weight loss is more than a diet; it is a process, a life changing process that encompasses more than simply cutting calories.

Our goal is for you to reach long-term success by providing the available tools necessary to achieve your goal. If you or a loved one is struggling with weight loss or if you are interested in learning about medical options, this is a seminar you don’t want to miss. Walter Medlin, MD will talk about typical hurdles and struggles patients face, treatment options, realistic long-term and short-term goals, health benefits of weight loss and some of our many success stories.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in the Portneuf Medical Center Pebble Creek Conference Room. The seminar, “Weight Loss Goals: Keeping your New Year’s Resolutions, is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is preferred; please call 208-239-2033 to reserve a seat or register for this community seminar at


Cutting the Ribbon to new 3D Mammography Coach

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Cutting the Ribbon to new 3D Mammography Coach









Pocatello, ID – Portneuf has been providing mobile mammography since 1994. At that time, the team traveled by van to 4 rural hospitals. By 2000, our outreach service extended to 14 sites from Challis to Montpelier. By 2005, we were the 1st digital Mammography in the State of Idaho, and the 2nd in the USA on a coach.

As the outreach area grew, so did the size of the vehicle.  In 2002, Portneuf invested in a mobile coach and that coach has been in operation for the last 18 years.

“As the coach aged, there was much conversation about what may be the next step,” said Dan Ordyna, Portneuf CEO. “Thanks to Portneuf Health Trust and some wonderful doctors, who recognized and saw the coach as an asset, they stepped up and partnered with us so that the communities we serve would have access to state of the art equipment. The new coach has 3D.”

We often hear from women who say they would not get the recommended screenings if the coach was not in their communities.

“100,000! That’s how many women who have had a mammogram on this mobile service in the past twenty-four years,” said Shaun Menchaca, President & CEO Portneuf Health Trust. “That’s a big deal. Thanks to the imaging staff and to the team for their service. This had to be one of the easiest expenditures I have been involved with and we all agreed that it was vital to continue this service.”

The new mobile coach now has 3D mammography; this technology is capable of detecting cancers up to 5 years earlier and can subsequently help save countless lives.

“Our new coach allows for many more wives, mothers, sisters and friends who schedule an appointment in one of our 45 sites to get the preventative screening they need,” said Menchacha. “For us to provide this service to rural communities is a privilege and we look forward to continued growth.”

The team cares for patients year after year. When women adhere to a screening program that it is right for them, cancer can often be identified in the early stages when it is most treatable. At present, the coach operates with five technologist and one full time driver.

“It is exciting to celebrate the next milestone in bringing lifesaving screenings to the people of southeastern Idaho,” said Todd Blackinton, Portneuf Director of Marketing.

If your business would like to know if you can scheduled the coach to come to your business, please visit for more information.


Note: Portneuf Medical Center is a regional referral hospital for southern and eastern Idaho and western Wyoming. From our Cancer Center and Level II NICU to our cardiology care and Level II Trauma Center, our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff stand ready to help families in the region.

Eat the Rainbow: Benefits of a Colorful Diet

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Eat the Rainbow: Benefits of a Colorful Diet

Whether you are setting New Year’s Resolutions or not, a beneficial goal to include on your list for 2019 is adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals. Making our plate more colorful can help to enhance our overall health and help us meet our weight goals. Including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your eating plan can help increase the amount of vitamins, nutrients, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants that we intake. This can help reduced our risk for diseases like cancer, help us control our weight, and keep us overall healthy. So if your plate is drab or beige, add some color and eat the rainbow.

Fruits and vegetables don’t always have to be side dishes, they can be added to salads, casseroles, soups, stews, and chili dishes. Many Americans have a difficult time getting fruits and vegetables at breakfast time, so try adding vegetables like bell peppers, onion, and spinach to omelets or breakfast burritos or blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or bananas to whole wheat pancakes, waffles, cold or cooked cereal. By making our diet more colorful, we can fill up more on fruits and vegetables which may lessen our intake of foods that may be higher in sugar or not as healthy or beneficial for us. May you meet your goals and have a healthy 2019 and don’t forget to eat the rainbow.

Here are a few rainbow recipes to try!

Sweet-Chili Salmon with Blackberries Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Sweet-Chili Salmon with Blackberries

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © Sweet Heat Skillet Salmon in Simple & Delicious August/September 2013


1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries, thawed
1 cup finely chopped English cucumber
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce, divided
4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine blackberries, cucumber, green onion and 1 tablespoon chili sauce; toss to coat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. Place fillets on greased grill rack, skin side down. Grill, covered, over medium-high heat or broil 4 in. from heat 10-12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, brushing with remaining chili sauce during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking. Serve with blackberry mixture.

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet with 1/2 cup berry mixture: 303 calories, 16g fat (3g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©  Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad in Taste of Home April/May 2015


1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained
1 pound fresh strawberries, quartered
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 medium navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
2 medium kiwifruit, peeled, halved and sliced

2 to 4 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons poppy seeds


  1. Place all fruit in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients. Drizzle over fruit; toss gently to combine.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 117 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 5g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit.

How to Pack an Emergency Car Kit

Friday, January 11th, 2019

How to Pack an Emergency Car Kit

Are you prepared for an emergency on the road?

Have you thought about what would happen if your car breaks down in a remote area and you do not have any cell phone signal? If you do not have a plan on how to handle an emergency situation, now is the time to prepare. If you do not have a plan on how to handle an emergency situation, now is the time to prepare.

Before starting your trip, check the weather. Remember, harsh winter winds and higher elevations can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes. Of course, if possible, it is best to avoid driving in harsh winter weather conditions, or at least wait until the roads are clear. If you must travel, pack your essentials in case of an emergency, let others know your destination and provide your estimated  time of arrival.

“If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you,” according to AAA. “Do not try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.”

Most important items to keep in your car in case of an emergency:

  • First Aid Kit- Band-Aids, hand sanitizer, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, bug spray, aspirin, cotton balls, gauze pads, tweezers and ace bandages
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Jumper cables that are compatible with your vehicle
  • Road flares
  • Drinking water- at least two to three gallons (is this per person??)
  • Blanket
  • Multipurpose tool

Pack your emergency items in a well-organized manner, so that each item is easily visible and accessible. Be sure to replace any items after use.

Roadside emergencies happen; being prepared can help you get back on the road sooner and/or help keep you safe while you wait for help to arrive.

In colder climates, it may be helpful to include a blanket or extra gloves and boots. When the situation arises, use your resources sparingly. Try to keep calm and if you find yourself in a panic, take a moment to compose yourself.

Other items to consider packing:

  • Tire inflator
  • Paper towels
  • Ice scrapers
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Portable cell phone charger

Five Tips for Intuitive Eating for the Holidays

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Five Tips for Intuitive Eating for the Holidays

As we are now in the midst of the holiday season our schedules are filled with family gatherings, multiple parties, and many large meals. The common theme of these events is usually food which can mean we are constantly thinking not to overindulge and too often feeling guilty of what we ate. Let’s end this cycle of guilt and instead explore the idea of intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is defined as using all the senses to choose food that is both satisfying and nourishing. This is all about tuning into and trusting what the body is saying about what and how much to eat, and how that feels physically and emotionally. Here are 5 tips from an article titled, “Intuitive Eating for the Holidays: 5 Tips for Survival” to help you be more mindful during the Holiday season!

  1. Give yourself permission to eat enough of your favorite holiday foods.

Let yourself enjoy your favorites! Choosing to avoid your favorite holiday foods causes cravings to increase, not decrease which sets you up for overindulging.  Giving yourself permission to eat whatever you want is dependent on staying connected with your body. Overeating typically happens where there are thoughts of scarcity and restriction like, “I won’t be able to eat this for another year, so I might as well have another slice”. When attention shifts from your body, redirect it back to your fullness cues.

  1. Trust that your body knows how to self-regulate.

If you eat too much during this time of the year, your body will make adjustments over time. So what if you gain a few pounds during the holidays? It is completely normal to have seasonal weight fluctuations of a few pounds during the year. It is important to realize that weight is not fixed but rather a fluid range depending on the seasons and activity patterns. Your weight will normalize over time with normal eating and activity. The media and magazines exaggerate claims of “holiday weight gain,” instilling fear that weight gain is inevitable. The media does a fantastic job inflating this fear to support a 65-billion-dollar diet industry. This holiday season turn off your television and stop reading those crappy “health and fitness” magazines that do nothing but instill fear and stress.

  1.  Self- care 101: What is self-care?

What is your method of dealing with stress? It is important to develop a self-care routine that helps you connect with your body. If you are unsure where to start the most effective stress reducing practice is meditation and breathing exercises. Breathing is free and can be done anywhere!  Even as little as 5 minutes a day can dramatically reduce your stress levels. Other forms of self-care include: yoga, massage, walks in nature, sleeping in, reading, cooking, dancing, playing music, writing, reading poetry, and other forms of pleasurable escape. When you learn to identify what stresses you out and what needs to be done to take care of yourself, it will be much easier to stay connected to your body.

  1. Protect your hunger before the party starts.

Conventional diet advice is to eat before the party to avoid over-eating. This is actually a set up to eat more, not less. If you want to avoid over-eating, go to the party hungry (but not starving), choose what you most want to eat, sit down, stay connected and enjoy. It’s best to set an intention before going to the party that you want to stay connected and that you want to leave the party feeling satisfied not stuffed. It’s easy to avoid over eating if you know these foods will be around (abundance factor). However, the truth is, that some of these foods are not around much at all during the rest of the year, so this makes it more challenging to stop eating when satisfied. There are some foods that will demand more awareness as well as ‘loving limits.’ Foods that pose a particular challenge to stop at satisfaction require loving limits. Loving limits is a practice whereby you agree to limit yourself in a loving way to protect yourself from feeling stuffed. For example, with Halloween candy, a loving limit might be 5 fun size pieces a day. The hope is to honor this to feel good and to exercise the discipline muscle of wanting to feel good and honor your truth- not saying no out of deprivation or avoidance.

  1. Once the parties are over, please do not go back on another diet.

It is tempting to want to go back to another diet, especially after the holidays and the winter hibernation that sets in. Remind yourself how every diet you went on only worked short term. Remember that once you went off the diet, the weight came back, plus about 10% more from when you started. The best way to regain a sense of control is to redirect the focus from outside of yourself (scales and diets and points and calories) to inside yourself. Reconnect to your hungers, reconnect to your body. Focus on slowing down enough to hear the subtle cues of hunger and fullness. Practice getting into your body every day to shift the awareness from outside to inside. Your body craves movement just as it craves rest and relaxation. It takes some discipline to train your body to crave this, so in the beginning it does take some effort.

Article from: Author:  Karen Scheuner

Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours

Dan Ordyna, CEO, Portneuf Medical Center

From recognizing the special moments that took place to focusing on how we can best serve our community in the future, 2018 brought plenty to reflect on. It is rare to have a hospital with such depth in medical specialties combined with the newest ideas and the most up to date equipment.

In 2018, we continued to make headway in enhancing exceptional care environments to match the exceptional care we provide to our friends, neighbors and family members. This year, two different trauma cases made international news; one was about a young gentleman who sustained injury during a rodeo and the other focused on a dedicated family man who was impaled by a front loader baling spear. Our trauma team came together when each of these individuals experienced a life threatening emergency.

Our Portneuf family was deeply invested the United Way campaign and the generosity of our team members will be felt across the community. When our sister hospital, Bay Medical in Florida, was hit by a hurricane leaving their community devastated, our team helped provide emergency assistance for our fellow healthcare employees – those who every day make a difference in the lives of patients, their families and one another.

This year we invested in helping mentor and train the next generation of healthcare providers. Our administration, staff and physicians volunteered valuable hours to not-for profit organizations, schools, community events, health care clinics and other organizations in the communities we serve. As an organization, we remained focused on providing meaningful grants and sponsorship that foster continued health and we support those organizations that have significant impact on our neighbors’ lives.

You may have seen us build a playground in a rural community; perhaps you saw us tape the ankle of a young man on a high school football team; or saw us as we delivered a truckload of diapers to those in need. You may have seen members of our family wave good bye to employees who were honored with a scholarship to serve a medical mission or to find advancement with an academic scholarship. Even when you don’t see us, we continue to invest in things that matter to you, to us and to our community.

In 2019, we look forward to finding new and meaningful ways to extend our reach and improve the health and quality of life for all those we serve. From our family to yours, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday! Best wishes for the coming year.

Dan Ordyna has been the chief executive officer of Portneuf Medical Center since July 2013. He has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in accountancy from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Holly, have five children and reside in Pocatello.